Mothers Are Sleep Deprived Than Fathers
A recently concluded survey results established the facts that the mothers are officially sleep deprived compared to fathers. They take longer to get off to sleep, are more likely to wake in the night and suffer more sleep disturbance from their children.
It is well recognized that women are poorer sleepers compared to the men, but findings from The Great British Sleep Survey show mothers fare worse than anyone.
Overall, mothers spend 10 minutes longer on average trying to get to sleep, and almost another 10 minutes extra awake during the night than fathers.The survey of over 21,000 UK adults found men better sleepers than women.
Findings of The Great British Sleep Survey are based on questionnaire results about people’s sleep patterns and scores out of 10 for sleep quality. It found men are better sleepers than women, with an average score of 5.5 compared with 5.0. But women living with children slept even worse – those with kids at home had on average a 12 per cent lower Sleep Score than the average UK woman.
Almost three-quarters of mothers living with their children had insomnia compared with around half of Britons on average. One-third of mothers said their sleep was frequently disturbed by their children.
Two out of five mums reported feeling ‘alone’ as a result of their poor sleep compared with just one-third of fathers.And one-third of mothers with children at home blamed lack of sleep and poor quality sleep for affecting their ability to look after other people in their lives.
Professor Colin Espie, sleep expert and co-founder of Sleepio, said ‘These results demonstrate the potential for poor sleep to affect almost every aspect of our lives from our emotions to our physical wellbeing and even our ability to look after our families.’
‘It is unsurprising that women are affected more than men – this reflects the general higher prevalence of sleep problems amongst the female population.’
Research suggests seven and a half hours of sleep a night is the optimum level for good health, with scientists at Surrey University last month that just one week of poor sleep can disrupt hundreds of genes linked to stress, immunity and inflammation.
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